Friday, April 28, 2023

RW533 - MCU Rewatch - Captain Marvel


In this episode of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Rewatch, Cory and Eoghan remember their true strengths as they discuss Captain Marvel.


Our Favourite Trivia:

Stan Lee cameo: Reading the script for Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995) and reciting the line, "Trust me true believer". As revealed on Smith's YouTube page, Stan's health was in decline and he could not muster his trademark enthusiasm so the producers looped in Lee's unused audio from Mallrats.

Stan Lee passed away while the film was being edited. As a result, Marvel Studios put together the special opening logo to honor him.

The film was the first from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have a female lead and it was released to cinemas on International Women's Day

The history of the "Captain Marvel" character name and/or trademark, as related to comics, spans multiple decades and at least three different publishers. The first comic book character named "Captain Marvel," introduced in late 1939 and today known as DC Comics' "Shazam!", was the flagship character of Fawcett Comics. Fawcett was sued in 1941 by DC, who alleged this Captain Marvel was a copyright infringement of Superman, successfully driving Fawcett's character out of print by 1953. When Fawcett's trademark on "Captain Marvel" fell into limbo after over a decade of disuse, MF Enterprises attempted to introduce their own "Captain Marvel" in 1966. Marvel Comics, in response, introduced their own "Captain Marvel" (Mar-Vell) and successfully sued MF behind their use of "Marvel" in their publication's title, which Marvel Comics had trademarked. When DC decided to revive Fawcett's "Captain Marvel" themselves in 1972, they learned (via a 1974 cease-and-desist from Marvel) they could not use "Captain Marvel" in the comic book's title due to Marvel's trademark. DC instead marketed their character under the name "Shazam!" - the name of their "Captain Marvel's" mentor and the magic word the character uses to access his powers. In order for Marvel to retain their trademark, they were required to publish "Captain Marvel" comic books. Not being a popular, money-making character, Marvel fulfilled this requirement by publishing a series of one-off comic books over a series of years. In 2012, Carol Danvers, the former "Ms. Marvel" and the lead character of this film, acquired the "Captain Marvel" mantle at Marvel, while DC decided to rename their character "Shazam!" at this time. Ironically, a "Shazam!" feature film from New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and DC Entertainment was released to theaters a month after Marvel Studios' "Captain Marvel" film.

Katheryn Winnick, Natalie Dormer, Emily Blunt, Katee Sackhoff, Yvonne Strahovski, and Rebecca Ferguson were rumored for the title role.

Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, eight different characters have taken the name "Captain Marvel." This movie features three of them: Carol Danvers (the most famous version, previously known as Ms Marvel), Mar-Vell (the original version, a Kree alien and superhero), and Monica Rambeau (who briefly carried the title of Captain Marvel).

In the comics Mar-Vell was a male Kree who was caught in an explosion while rescuing Carol Danvers and the explosion passed his powers onto her by imprinting his DNA onto hers. In the movie this is changed slightly by Mar-Vell being a female Kree who built the core that gave Carol her powers when it exploded.

Carol's powers came from an exploding Pegasus ship engine. We later learn the engine was powered by the Tesseract, making Captain Marvel the first (chronologically) MCU hero whose powers are derived from an Infinity Stone (the Space Stone is hidden within it.) Wanda Maximov/Scarlet Witch and her brother, Pietro/Quicksilver, would become the second two (the Mind Stone), followed by Vision (also the Mind Stone.)

Project PEGASUS stands for "Potential Energy Group/Alternate Sources/United States." It was previously mentioned in The Avengers (2012).

Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) were digitally de-aged in order for their characters to look like their younger selves, since the movie is set in 1995. This was the first time Marvel did de-aging of characters for an entire movie. They previously used this tactic in Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), but only for flashback scenes. They also did it to Tony Stark when he was presenting to his college with his parents right before they died.

Nick Fury tells Goose, "I'm trusting you not to eat me," towards the end of the movie. Shortly afterwards, Goose scratches Fury, causing him to lose his left eye as he is seen at the very end with a patch over his left eye. This is a callback to Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) where Fury tells Captain America, "Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye."

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Time for the blow out that is Avengers: Endgame!

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